Magnussen to start Hungarian GP from pit lane after Q3 crash

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McLaren has confirmed that Kevin Magnussen will start tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix from the pit lane following a severe crash during the final part of qualifying.

As Q3 got underway on Saturday afternoon, a short, sharp rain shower hit the Hungaroring, making the first corner very slippery. Four drivers all ran wide on dry tires, but it was Magnussen who was the biggest loser as he hit the grass before slamming into the wall at an awkward angle.

The incident brought out the red flag to allow the marshals to clear the wreckage. Thankfully, Magnussen walked away unharmed, but he will require a new chassis for the race tomorrow, which means that he will start the race from the pit lane.

“I’m most disappointed for the team,” Magnussen said. “I think we could’ve got another decent qualifying result.

“Now, we just need to get on with it. Starting from the pit lane will make life more difficult, but I’m determined to have a strong race. I’m just very disappointed to have made that mistake.”

Despite crashing, Magnussen qualified for the race in tenth place, meaning that all of the drivers behind him will make up a position on the grid.

In better news for McLaren, Jenson Button ended his poor run of qualifying form to finish seventh on Saturday afternoon in Hungary.

The Briton only narrowly missed out on P6, finishing less than one-tenth of a second behind Felipe Massa. However, he still feels that more work can be done.

“Until qualifying, it felt like it had been raining on me all weekend!” Button jested. “Then, this afternoon, the car felt a lot better than it had in all the other sessions. That was a major positive.

“I think it’s the ‘never give up’ attitude of the guys in the garage. We’d been playing with the set-up all weekend. It’s better now, but there’s still more work needed.”

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.